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QB Tom Brady finally retired after 22 seasons, leaving the team to … wait a few weeks for him to change his mind.
Brady will reprise his role after leading the NFL in pass attempts, completions, passing yards and TD throws as at age 44. He’ll likely do so without a couple of key pieces, though.
TE Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement in June. We’ll see whether the big guy changes his mind as well. Short of that, Tampa Bay must turn to Cameron Brate to lead the position – barring another addition. Behind Brate – who has fallen short of 40% playing team each of the past 3 years – sit 4th-round rookie Cade Otton and 6th-round rookie Ko Kieft. The latter caught 12 career passes across 4 years at Minnesota. Otton was more involved for the Washington Huskies but saw his final campaign cut short by left-ankle surgery. (He has since been fully cleared.)
Following the theatrical departure of WR Antonio Brown late last season, the Buccaneers watched WR Chris Godwin tear an ACL in Week 15. The return timeline threatens to put Godwin on the PUP list to open the coming season. Tampa Bay added Russell Gage on a 3-year deal in free agency and appears likely to run him as the No. 2 wideout at least early in the year.
Behind that group sit returnees Tyler Johnson, Cyril Grayson, Jaelon Darden and Breshad Perriman, with Scotty Miller also reportedly healthier than last season. Expect the Bucs to face some decisions at the position.
The backfield returns Leonard Fournette on a 3-year $21 million deal, after he took over a backfield that started 2021 as a timeshare. Gone is RB Ronald Jones after 4 seasons, signed with the Chiefs. Tampa Bay re-signed Giovani Bernard and still has Ke’Shawn Vaughn. The notable addition is 3rd-round pick Rachaad White, who dominated this year’s RB rookie class in 2021 receiving production. His 21.7% share of Arizona State receiving yards last season more than doubled the nearest competitor in his class.
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